Soft Goods

Stash and Carry

  • By: Ted Leeson
Orvis Gear Bag

Perhaps the only common denominator among all the guides I’ve ever known or fished with, on rivers or lakes, flats or inshore waters, is that every last one of them relied on some kind of gear or tackle bag. Experience teaches, often harshly, the two fundamental, equipment-related precepts of an angling life: first, if you don’t have something, you’ll end up needing it; second, if you don’t keep it packed and ready to go, you’re going to forget it.


  • By: Buzz Bryson
Right Boot Sole

What do you think about the new rubber alternatives to felt soles on wading boots? Do they grip and wear as well as felt? And do they achieve their intended purpose of reducing the spread of various invasive “nasties” from stream to stream?

New Gear

  • By: Ted Leeson
  • and Darrel Martin
Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Fly LInes

New gear from Winston, Hardy and Scientific Anglers.

Kudo Awards 2011

  • By: Ted Leeson
  • , Greg Thomas
  • , Joe Healy
  • and Buzz Bryson
Kudo Awards 2011

Except for the angler, a fly reel is the only piece of fly-fishing equipment with any significant moving parts, and those of us with a weakness for fine reels appreciate them in part as machinery. Some offer the finely tuned elegance of a Ferrari, others the classic, understated solidity of a Rolls or Bentley. Hatch reels are a little different: their engineering appears to derive largely from a Brink’s truck—a very handsomely crafted, precision-made, cleanly finished Brink’s truck, to be sure. But their philosophical core clearly owes much to the armored car.

Lightweight Coverage

  • By: Ted Leeson
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"Most anglers are better served by lightweight, packable wading jackets."